Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives. Beats is a 2019 British drama film directed Brian Welsh. It was based upon a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley, who adapted the screenplay with Welsh; Steven Soderbergh acts as an executive producer. The plot follows a pair of teenage friends in 1994 Scotland who try and sneak into an illegal rave party. "Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.” Wendy Ide of The Guardian gave the film 4/5 stars, writing: "It's a terrific little film that combines the earthy humour and honesty of a Shane Meadows movie with an unexpected expressionistic section – flooded with colour – that channels the boys' joyful dancefloor abandon.” In a separate Guardian review, Mike McCahill gave it three stars, saying that "this teen bromance eventually escapes into amiable nostalgia and artful euphoria”

Critic Reviews

‘This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.’ New York Times ‘Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.’ Times UK ‘Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.’ London Evening Standard

Awards

BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor - Film Lorn Macdonald British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography - Benjamin Kracun and winner for Best Sound Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the International Student Jury Award - International Student Jury for Brian Welsh (director) Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards 2019 Winner of the Behind the Camera Award - Torino Film Festival 2019 for Brian Welsh (director)
'Daphne' is the vibrant character portrait of a young woman on the threshold of a much-needed change.

Daphne is a 2017 British drama film directed by Peter Mackie Burns and written by Nico Mensinga. The film stars Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Martello-White, Osy Ikhile, Sinead Matthews and Stuart McQuarrie.

The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 29 January 2017 and garnered positive reviews. "Led by Emily Beecham's note-perfect performance, Daphne is a vivid portrait of a woman in flux - and an auspicious narrative debut for director Peter Mackie Burns"

Critic Reviews

‘The film finally adds up to more than the sum of its well-wrought parts, offering a quietly profound insight into this young woman's attempt to navigate a world that is both familiar and brutally alien.’ Sight and Sound

‘It's one of the best films about London living I can recently recall.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)

‘Mackie Burns handles the tale like a seasoned pro, and Beecham is terrifically watchable throughout.’ The Herald (Scotland)

Awards

Dinard British Film Festival 2017 Winner of Best Screenplay - Peter Mackie Burns (director) and The Bureau (production company)

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Winner of Best Performance in a British Feature Film Best Performance - Emily Beecham and Anne Reid

Torino Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Prize of the City of Torino for Best Actress - Emily Beecham

Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.

Eden uses 1990s club culture as the appropriately intoxicating backdrop for a sensitive, low-key look at aging and the price of pursuing one's dreams.

Eden is a 2014 French drama film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and co-written with Sven Hansen-Løve. The film stars Félix de Givry and Pauline Etienne. The film premiered in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the 52nd edition of the New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.

The film is an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve's brother Sven, the film follows Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he's drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago's garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers, and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.

Critic Reviews

'Rambling, talky and luxuriantly wistful, the film gives a perceptive survey of the self-importance and decadence of a youth movement.' Times UK

'A remarkable film which drums to its own beat.' Little White Lies

'Partly the story of a music scene, but mostly the story of a man who realises that living the dream isn't always the best thing for your life. Vivid, immersive and blessed with a perfectly nostalgic soundtrack.' Empire Magazine

'Eden, in its loose and free-form way, is as personal a statement as this 34-year-old director has yet made: it's telling that Paul is that age by the end of it.' Daily Telegraph UK

'Absorbing and very moving.' The Guardian

It may be pitched as a low budget, dark comedy but Boppin’ at the Glue Factory, directed and co-written by Jeffrey Orgill is a little slice of comedy gold. The film stars Henry Dittman as Eric Labudde, a down and out drug addict who, through what can only be described as sheer blind luck, ends up getting a job at an old age convalescent home as the night nurse. Eric isn’t exactly what anyone would call a model employee, but he has just enough charisma and medical skill to get by in the medical world. It’s different, but that isn’t a bad thing.

Awards

Seattle True Independent Film Festival, 2009. Winner of best feature. Strasbourg International Film Festival, 2019. Winner of best supporting actor.
La Vie En Rose
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

La Vie en Rose is a 2007 French biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. The film was co-written and directed by Olivier Dahan, and starred Marion Cotillard as Piaf.

Cotillard's performance earned her several accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress — marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role — the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the César Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, the BAFTA Award for Best Makeup, Costume Design, Film Music, four additional César Awards and grossed $86.3 million worldwide.


Critic Reviews

‘Despite its story of suffering that comes in unceasing waves, La Vie en Rose may be the most hopeful film yet made about the grueling rigor of living.’ Charleston City Paper

‘In La Vie En Rose,we get to witness a rare and beautiful thing - an artist baring her soul and creating a performance for the ages.’ The Dispatch

‘In La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has the role of a lifetime. And she relishes it.’ Fayette Weekly

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2008 Winner Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Marion Cotillard

Best Achievement in Makeup Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald

Golden Globes, USA 2008 Winner Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicChristopher Gunning

Winner BAFTA Film Award Best Leading Actress Marion Cotillard

Best Costume Design Marit Allen

Best Make Up & Hair

César Awards, France 2008 Winner César Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Marion Cotillard

Best Cinematography (Meilleure photographie) Tetsuo Nagata

Best Production Design (Meilleurs décors) Olivier Raoux

Best Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes) Marit Allen

Best Sound (Meilleur son) Laurent Zeilig

Hollywood Film Awards 2007 Winner Hollywood Film Award Actress of the Year

Departures
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Director Yojiro Takita and writer Kundo Koyama examine the rituals surrounding death in Japan with this tale of an out-of-work cellist who accepts a job as a "Nokanashi" or "encoffineer" (the Japanese equivalent of an undertaker) in order to provide for himself and his young wife. Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Departures is a 2008 Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The film follows a young man who returns to his hometown after a failed career as a cellist and stumbles across work as a nōkanshi—a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. He is subjected to prejudice from those around him, including from his wife, because of strong social taboos against people who deal with death.

Critic Reviews

‘Fascinating, witty and heartfelt.’ Times UK ‘Moments of clarity and pragmatism are contradicted by flashes of inanity and dry, if well-delivered humour.’ Little White Lies ‘Departure's cynicism, ironically, is what makes the optimism of its last act so moving.’ London Evening Standard

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009, winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009, Asia Pacific Screen Award winner of the Best Performance by an Actor Asian Film Awards 2009, winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Actor Hong Kong Film Awards 2010, winner of best asian film
My Accomplice is an off-beat comedy about falling in love, set in Brighton, featuring songs and live performances from local bands. A whimsical romance of sorts, My Accomplice is gentle and amusing. Shot in Brighton it features the piers, the promenades, the bicycle-dripping backstreets, the bedsits and basements that so characterise the place.

Critic Reviews

"My Accomplice is an enjoyable little story that bimbles along quite pleasantly and leaves one generally pleased for having watched it.” Eye for Film.

Awards

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2014. Nominee for the best British feature film.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 black and white American romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film to critical acclaim. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese. The film’s giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy - and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.

Critic Reviews

'DP Jay Hunter's camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.' Sight and Sound 'Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.' USA Today 'The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...' New Yorker 'The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.' Chicago Sun-Times 'One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.' Behind the Lens

Awards

National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films

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